Being open to new stories


The stories that frame our expectations of ourselves are probably laid down in childhood. And then set in concrete by our experience of life. But are they real? What if they are other people’s projections that meet their need for status or control? Turning them off can be so liberating. Do what you can with … Read more

On being open to possibilities


I’m not sure how open we can be if our minds are full and our diary is back to back. Possibilities, by their nature, are things that are not yet. They have an element of imagination. And hope weaves through them like a thread of gold which we only see in a particular light. The … Read more

Life at the heart of autumn


In the slanting sunlight, I spied one of our bumper acorns. Plump and free of its cup, it was ready for germination and sprouting in the moist soil. This is life in its unfolding, doing what it does in season. So what about us? Where are we opening ourselves to this next stage of life? … Read more

It’s time to open wide the gates


Given the current climate challenge, I decided against ‘opening the floodgates’. However, there is something gloriously abundant about slowing down, being quiet and appreciating hope and joy. Especially when we become more connected with each other and this astonishingly beautiful earth we call home. We start to notice shifts. Our way of seeing stretches wide … Read more

Finding courage to stay in the open


Partway through the week, I found the word to describe what I was sensing. Rawness. Like when everything you touch feels like sandpaper, coarse and uncomfortable. A painful edge that you can’t define enough to do anything about. It was in the air, both here and around the world. I sensed it for others and … Read more

Please don’t close your heart

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We don’t always know when it’s time to move or to change. Yet often, something occurs that throws the folly of the comfort blanket we are holding into sharp relief. We didn’t realise – until we did – that we were holding back. And then we can’t unknow. It watched you play with the seduction … Read more

Waiting patiently to emerge


Beauty is not always what we see at first sight. Perhaps it’s because we’re not expecting it and need to look from a different angle. Or what we see is still emerging. Like a newborn, this isn’t its finished form. This week I want to walk with the good words of John O’Donohue’s blessing For … Read more

Choosing to be open


Beginnings, by their nature, are openings. They take something that was nothing more than an idea, a seed, and bring it out into the light. Beginnings take courage, choosing to be open at a time when we feel most vulnerable. When there is no certainty of outcome or understanding. Indeed, beginnings are born in unknowing. … Read more

Being open


What are we open to? How far are we prepared to stretch? Do we set boundaries that keep things out or keep us in? I was just wondering.